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my bowcaster build

 
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jimsprenkle ()
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:40 pm    Post subject: my bowcaster build Reply with quote

ok I will try to make this as detailed as I can for others to use.

I got lucky and found a complete Horton safari crossbow

removed bow and string as well as butt stock cap. left the trigger installed so it will still work even though it will not shoot anything when completed



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so today I broke out the dremel and went to work on the crossbow stock



I used a carbide blade to cut off the end of the crossbow where the bow attaches



there was a mesh sleeve on the bow so it was removed




the bow was rusted and painted so I hill have to clean it later

cut out the rear of the stock, took it slow and cleaned it every little bit to remove the built up plastic from cutting


cut the front part out also


then I took the drum tool for the dremel and cleaned up the areas




the drum was first at high rpm to remove large pieces and then on low rpm that sanded the stock and front areas



so on to the rusty bow. I took the drum tool again and grinded off the rust and paint to the metal so it can be painted fresh black



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

did some more work today before work

took the site rail off and removed the bolt retention spring




removed the site adjuster and cut off the dial then replaced it in the hole it came out of after removing the raised area around it





took some jb weld and covered the old hole and the trigger screws to hide them. they will not be removed again


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fantastic!

I found a real genuine Graflex 3 cell a few years back and was totally pumped about it. This find, though, I'm a little jealous of. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

broke out the dremel today and was thinking about how to mount the bow. had to cut out some material to allow the bow to sit flush for attaching mounting plate, also cleaned up the JB weld to smooth out the bumps






a delivery showed up and it was my scopes and mounting brackets....yea

2 4x20 and 1 4x32
removed the adjustable end to expose the threads and cut the scope just past the threads and pulled out insides



all cleaned out

going to have to think about the front end of the center scope and how to mount them all together
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

figured out how to mount the scopes to each other. I took the center scope and tightened the mounts where they are going to stay then with the side scopes I attached them to the mount bracket by sliding them over the tightening screws. had to grind down the bottom of the center screws to allow the side mounts to fit

took the elevation and windage screws and turned them all the way out so inside the center scope is smooth


test fit to crossbow and I'm happy with the fit
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is looking amazing. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok so I figured out a solution for the center scope. I got a 7/8in dowel rod and cut it to 3in



drilled a 3/32 hole in the center for the rivet




test fit it into the center scope

primed and painted the dowel rod and installed it to the scope leaving 1/8 in out to hold the cap


have to find a cap and paint the rivet orange

on to the side plates for the knobs
made a template out of a sheet of aluminum from home depot


cut out a groove to fit the plate into


cut out the plate and test fit it on bowcaster
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

was looking around at other builds and found this template for the barrel mount



so I added my measurements to fit the site rail and made a rough piece to see how it fits





looked at the front of bow and didn't like the raised areas so I trimmed them off


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

delivery today. pink foam balls


took the flat blade for my exacto set and used it to cut into the foam balls



pressed ball on end of bow


both sides done
the balls are not secured to the bow with anything at this moment will glue on for final installation

now for the wires

I picked up a phone cord at walmart

and a 1/8 mono plug from radio shack

cut off the end of phone line and attached mono plug


drilled holes in bow for the wire that runs behind the scopes


cut a length of phone wire to go in both holes. one on each side


found a clear cap for the center scope on a bottle of screen cleaner and had to cut it down to fit the center scope, test fit it on looks good to me


attached the scope assembly to the bow
right side

left side
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

attached the bow to the stock with jb weld and let it sit overnight. in the am it was hard as a rock making a good attachment for now

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

work continues

attached a front plate where bow attaches with jb weld to keep it all together


attached the front brackets for barrel support


test fit it together and marked the wood where it has to be shortened

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